The best way to get better at anything is to practice. The best way to learn is in surrounding yourself with experts, mentors and other people who are passionate and knowledgeable about their fields. Biology students at Assumption College can get that practice and build those relationships in different places all over the city of Worcester, MA. Here are ten ways Biology majors at Assumption can become a better biologist while they work towards a bachelor’s degree.
1. Join a club.
Assumption has a number of student organizations, honors and professional groups to provide you opportunities for professional development and outreach.
2. Get to know your professors.
Your professors are important resources. Strong bonds with your professors can lead to mentorship, career and graduate school help, and a wealth of information. Participate in class and utilize office hours.
3. Participate in research.
As undergraduates, Assumption Biology students have engaged in research at prominent organizations such as the American Cancer Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School and the National Science Foundation. On campus, biology students are often invited to participate in or initiate their own research projects.
4. Volunteer at a local hospital.
Worcester hospitals have volunteer programs providing hands-on experience. If you want to take the medical route, being in a hospital often can help you gain experience and make important contacts with people working in your future field. Check out St. Vincent Hospital, University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital or University of Massachusetts Medical School.
5. Get involved at a museum.
Worcester has some pretty cool museums. The EcoTarium, for example, is a unique indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to the study of science and nature. They’re always looking for volunteers to assist with exhibit development, engaging guests on the museum floor and more.
6. Reach out.
In a previous post, we mentioned the 125,488 hours Assumption students volunteered last year. Take advantage of the many volunteer opportunities throughout Worcester. What better way to gain experience than to use your gifts and talents to make the world a better place while you’re at it?
7. Take care of yourself.
An easy way to understand the human body is to take care of your own. While you’re in school, eat healthy, stay active at the Plourde or around campus, and keep your health a top priority.
8. Attend a lecture.
Learn about the unique biology research and ideas that are happening all around you. Check Assumption’s event calendar to see when professors and visiting speakers will be lecturing. Worcester is also home to nine other colleges and universities, which means there are lectures going on all the time, many open to students and the public.
9. Think broadly with a part-time job.
If you are planning to get a part-time job while you’re in school, consider doing something related to the career you’d like to pursue, even if it is broadly related. For example, if you want to be a pediatrician, get experience with children by babysitting or working at a child center. If you want to be a veterinarian, start walking dogs or working at a humane society. This is a minor start, but a great way to develop a solid foundation for the career you want to pursue.
10. Go Outside.
The study of all things living and breathing can start with a visit to the outdoor laboratories all around us. Take a walk in one of Worcester’s city parks or take a trip to a State or National Park. Hike on the Appalachian Trail or along the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Cod.